In the last two decades, DreamWorks has been right up there with Pixar, creating some of the best animated movies we have ever seen. Bringing family favourites such as Shrek and Chicken Run to our screens, there is no doubt that the animation studios has provided audiences with tears, laughter, and all things in between throughout the years.
However after viewing their film schedule for the next four years, I’m sad to say that it looks far from appealing to say the least. Ripe with sequel after sequel (some approaching their fourth) after spin-off, it makes you wonder whether DreamWorks is running out of steam on the originality front.
Credit where it’s due, the animation studios will attempt to churn out three “new” movies each year, but with half of these films relating to their predecessors in some way, shape or form, will audiences tire of the same characters, settings and frankly, drivel?
We have just seen the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 into cinemas around the world, and in November 2014, we can expect to see The Penguins of Madagascar, a spin-off to the highly celebrated Madagascar, featuring the likes of comedians Ben Stiller and Chris Rock.
December 2015 promises the release of the third of the Kung Fu Panda franchise, with How to Train Your Dragon 3 appearing in cinemas the following summer. We can also look forward to seeing the Croods 2 in 2017, and in 2018 not only is Madagascar 4 expected to grace our screens, but Puss in Boots 2 (a sequel of a spin off, nonetheless) is also joining the party.
The only redeeming factor in the DreamWorks four year schedule is that they have interspersed brand new films into the sequel marathon:
March 2015: Home
June 2015: B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations
March 2016: Boss Baby
November 2016: Trolls (remember those freaky-looking naked dolls with coloured hair? Trolls is based on those wonderful creatures)
January 2017: Captain Underpants
March 2017: Mumbai Musical
February 2018: Larrikins
by Felicity Ramsay